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Sanwa B-26D Invader Bomber - (A-26 / A/B-26), 1/110, 514

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc-

$58   

Still factory sealed. Dates from the early 1960s and very hard to find. The scale is approximate. The kit is dated by the 'Tokyo Plamo' logo, which was used between 1960 and 1964. Sanwa was one of Japan's earliest post-WWII kit producers, making model kits in the 1950s; some sources say 1955. Kits were marketed under Sanwa and Tokyo Plamo, with the general consensus being the the later logo came out around 1960 or later. Production ended in 1964, making all Sanwa kits rare and collectible. The entire line was extensive. It included very small scale tanks (some that were motorized), battleships in three scales with the larger ones motorized with dual prop drive, slot cars, civil sport boats and an electric outboard, a full line of hand gun models that actually shot plastic bullets, two fighter groups and bomber groups (probably Monogram), several different lines of scale aircraft, missile kits, scale (static) car models of early Japanese automobiles, at least 7 flying model aircraft that had electric and rubber motors, a 'Super Control Stand' P-51 that moved with a joystick and had an electric propeller and sound unit, two different lighthouses and a windmill, an air cushion boat, motor cycles, a diving submarine (electric) and a working (rubber band) George Washington Class SSBN and even a garden tractor with an electric motor. There was even a cut away 727 in big 1/96 scale and an Airport Set with a Cessna 180 and Bell 47D Helicotoper. Just before going out of business, Sanwa issued some kits in conjunction with the 1964 Tokyo Olympic games - these kits even included a copy of an Olympic medal.

Aurora Spad XIII, 1/48, 107-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$59   

First issue hardbox is dated 1957 with great Jo Kotula artwork. Please note the 69 cent price extension and oval 'Famous Fighters' sunburst logo. This is part of a popular and very successful series of 1/48 scale WWI aircraft that Aurora started in 1956 and added to well into the 1960s. Many of the line were in production right up until the demise of Aurora in the mid 1970s Molded in correct high-gloss olive drab and black plastic. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

AV USK Kawasaki Ki-10 Perry, 1/72, AV1010

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$20   

Limited edition model that is well molded and detailed. Features injection molded main parts, photoetched details and full decals. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Rareplane Lavochkin LA-5 FN, 1/72

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$8   

Well molded vacuform kit with full interior detail. Molded in white and clear plastic. Never started and complete.

Frog TWO Gloster Meteor F.Mk.IV - RAF No. 263 Sq or Royal Netherlands No.323 Sq - Red Series, 1/72, F200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$28   

SALE!! Includes two models in one box. Kit #1 is never started and is still factory sealed inside. Kit #2 is never started and inventoried with all aircraft parts present but NOTE: missing display stand. Otherwise complete. Both kits include instructions and decals. Red Series issue with a pleasant box art scene of "meatboxes" of Esk. 343, Koninklijke Luchtmacht serenely cruising high above an estuary, possibly the Scheldt. This typical high quality Frog kit has fine panel lines & no rivet detail so it builds up to a realistic model and includes parts and decals to make either version. Excellent full color painting guide is located on the bottom of the box.

La Belle D & RG Double Deck Stock Car - HOn3 Craftsman Kit, 1/87, HOn3-35

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$28   

From 1975. Top quality craftsman kit. Features full markings, completely shaped wood stock, two envelopes of small fittings and detailed instructions. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions & plans.

Airmodel Gloster Meteor F8 Conversion - (For Frog Kit) - Bagged, 1/72, 144

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$6   

Nicely done conversion kit designed for the classic and readily available Frog Meteor. Never started. Complete with all parts and instructions.

Hawk Weird-Ohs Sling Rave Curvette - The Way Out Spectator, 637-50

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$40   

Original issue hardbox; not a common reissue. In 1962, Bill Campbell thought that kids may be tired of the same old modeling subjects, and he created the Weird-Ohs. Of course it was not that simple - it never is. Please read Bill's own account of the Weird-Ohs, located on this website. Regardless of the path, the Weird-Ohs became an overnight sensation that helped launch the 'monster' and the 'figure' phase of modeling. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions.

Revell P-51B Mustang - U've Had It!, 1/32, 4401

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG++

$44   

Still factory sealed and dated 1979. This is a fine model for that time and features very good, full cockpit, complete engine and firewall, removable cowl panel, detailed landing gear wells, optional position landing gear, rotating wheels and propeller, pilot figure and more. Includes decals for the colorful box top aircraft.

Novo Techna Soviet M Class Submarine, 1/400

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG++

$8   

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Ex-Soviet Union kit that is very well molded for that time with very fine detail and hull drain holes. Full hull model measures 4.5 inches long when assembled and includes display stand and decals. The kit has never been started. The parts are either inventoried complete or still in the internal factory sealed bags, which is attached to cardstock that is folded in two. At times the factory workers had to get pretty creative because of a shortage of staples. Beyond staples, I have seen the bag of parts attached with tape, a clothing snap, a rivet or even sewn on with thread! This M class kit even has a color painting guide on the back with English colors.

Xotic-72 Kawasaki Ki-10 Perry, 1/72, AU2010

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$22   

Still factory sealed. Limited edition kit from 2002. Well detailed and includes brass PE details, color painting guide and markings for four different aircraft.

Aurora-KB Fokker E-V (D-VIII) - Polish Air Force, 1/48, 1135-170

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$48   

1972 issue with revised molds and better quality. Includes pilot, ground crewman and battle terrain base. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. The aircraft represented in this kit fought with the Polish Air Force against the Ukranian forces in 1919 but by that point it was a D-VIII. The Fokker E.V was a fantastic performer and the result of a longtime Fokker development, the cantilever wing. In addition to greatly reducing drag, a properly built cantilever wing is very light and strong. This wing was first used on prototype V17 and then on V28 which took part in the Second Fight Competition (July 6-14 1918) where the most experienced German front line pilots chose new fighters for late war service. V28 was chosen for it's excellent flying properties and 200 of the production aircraft, known as the Fokker E.V, were ordered. Over 289 aircraft were delivery. The E.V began front line service on August 5, 1918; Lt. Emil Rolff of Jasta 6 reported an aerial victory on August 17. However, the day before, an E.V suffered catastrophic wing failure. Two days later, the same failure cost Lt. Rolff his life. All E.Vs were immediately grounded. A detailed investigation showed that there were fatal defects in the wing assembly caused by slack manufacturing processes. Although it was not his fault, Fokker took this opportunity to re-design and strengthen the wing. Existing E.V aircraft received new wings and newly built aircraft were designated D.VIII. Modified aircraft made it back to the front in November, too late for service. However, the aircraft saw active service after that war with the Freikorps air units, the Polish Air Force against Russia, the Dutch Air Force and an unspecified number went to France and the USA.

Beechnut North American F-51H Mustang, 1/72, 1009

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed

$18   

Never started and complete. Very limited production injection molded kit. Small details such as interior are not included in Beechnut kits but detailed drawings are provided. They contain all basic parts but you must scratch build the rest.

Pit Road Mikasa Japanese Battleship, 1/700, HM-10

Resin Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$45   

Superbly cast resin waterline model. Castings are superior in detail to injection molded parts. Features resin hull and larger parts, numerous precision cast metal details, metal rod stock and extensive PE parts including railings. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions. Mikasa was the only ship of her class and took part in the Russo-Japanese war. In the late 1890s the Japanese shipyards were not quite yet ready for such a project, so the Navy contracted with Vickers in Great Britain to build this ship, which is actually a highly modified Formidable class. Mikasa saw a great amount of action at Port Arthur and the Battle of the Yellow Sea. She was preserved as a museum ship in 1923. Mikasa suffered from neglect during and after WWII, but was restored to her former glory in the 1950s after a campaign led by the Japan Times and Admiral Chester Nimitz. The Mikasa is the only surviving pre-dreadnought in the world.

Airfix Me-262 - Craftmaster Issue, 1/72, 11-39

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$20   

From the 1960s and has the colorful, action-packed artwork that these kits are famous for. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions present.

Hasegawa Cessna A-37A / A-37B - USAF 19th TASS 51st TFW or 604th SOS 3rd TFW, 1/72, 513

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$24   

From 1988. Well molded kit with 61 parts. Features very fine raised panel lines, optional parts for A or B variants, cockpit and gear well detail, two pilots and 100 Gallon drop tanks, Aero-6A and LAU-3A loadouts. Paint guide and decals are included for the two aircraft listed. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

AMT Douglas A-20G Havoc - 389th BS/312 BG Little Joe or 89th BS/3 BG Little Isadore, 1/48, 8894

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$49   

Still factory sealed. Hard-to-find 'G' variant. Well molded and features all recessed panel lines, a very nicely detailed interior and a paint guide & decals for both aircraft.

Pavesi Fiat G-91, 1/72

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$44   

Very rare. Pavesi was an Italian confectionery company that in the 1960s managed a series of motorway service stations. They still exist today and are famous for the "Pavesini" Biscuits. In the 1960s Pavesi had an awards program. You could accumulate points for buying certain products, then choose a prize. There were various gadgets, micro-ship models and eventually one series of four scale models. The firm of Plurex, located in Cornaredo (near Milan) was sub-contracted to make these. Plurex was an injection molder but had no experience in plastic modeling. The four Plurex aircraft were based on Airfix models but with certain changes, possibly to avoid copyright issues. They were supposed to be 1/72 scale, but different collectors have reported them as being significantly different, such as 1/82. However, it turns out that they really are 1/72 (see the notes at the end of this description). This exact issue was made as an advertisement and promotion for the Pavesi Service Stations, but there was a run of all four aircraft marketed in a transparent plastic bag with a header, exactly like the bagged Revell Air Cadet series and similar to the early Airfix kits. These issues only had the name of the subjects and not the service station and were marketed in various service stations in the Lombardy Region. Thank you to Italian model collector and historian Giampiero Grammatico for the information above! Here are the details of the actual kit pictured. The Italian text on the short box sides says (in English): "The sale of this item is strictly prohibited as part of the special offer. Complete the series of planes a unique offer for 4 perfect scale models." The other three models are A-4D Skyhawk, Mirage IIIC and Mig-21. Features very fine raised panel lines, recessed control surface lines, complete landing gear, two wing drop tanks, a clear canopy and complete decals for the box art aircraft. The model has never been started and is 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions (on the back of the box). There is a small piece of paper inside that is in Italian which translates to: "Dear friend, for you an exceptional Pavensi offer; a beautiful Fiat Jet to assemble. Nothing should be missing ... but if you do not find a few pieces in the bag, write to this address: Ditta Plurex Via Monsignore Moneta N. 23, 20010 Cornaradeo". Today (19-7-21) I received an update from collector and historian Giampiero Grammatico - "I compared the Fiat G.91 Pavesi with the Airfix and with the 1/72 scale drawings by Richard Caruana published on the Fiat G.91R, PAN, Y monograph published in 1991. it seems clear to me that the Pavesi model turns out to be absolutely in 1/72 scale. I also compared the other three subjects with the Airfix equivalents without opening the envelopes and the results, albeit with slight differences, are dimensionally identical. At this point I would say there is no longer any doubt that the scale used by Pavesi is 1/72." Again, many thanks to Mr. Giampiero for all his help on this manufacturer.

Hasegawa Mitsubishi A6M5 Zero Fighter Type 52 Night Fighter, 1/48, 09543

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$32   

Very well detailed featuring complete cockpit, detailed engine and gear wells, drop tank, optional position canopy and more. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

KVZ Mil Mi-1 'Hare' Helicopter - Poland / USSR / DDR / USSR, 1/100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$28   

KVZ was the logo used by this East German kit manufacturer from 1969 to 1973. During this time, some fantastic Cold War kits were produced of Russian Aeroflot Airliners and Military Helicopters and Aircraft. Never started. This kit is molded in dark green and clear and features raised details, antenna material and has cockpit detail with a crew of two. It includes decals for all countries listed. Never started. Inventoried complete with all parts, decals and instructions.